forcing a hen to go broody?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by daddy_roo, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. daddy_roo

    daddy_roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was given almost 50 eggs to go with the 13 I already had for hatching. I filled my incubator up with 42 total eggs and have 14 left. Would it be possible to put them in a nest box and almost force a hen to go brood? Or will this cause other problems? I live in Western KY, have Black Sex Link hens that average about 3-4 years in age.
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    You can't force them, they need to be broodie already. Can stack a few?
     
  3. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

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    You can't force a hen to go broody. She has to do it herself... Otherwise she will quit, sure as the world.

    You could try putting the eggs in the nesting box with fresh hair and everything... It MIGHT seem pleasing to a hen. But no one can tell... [​IMG]
     
  4. daddy_roo

    daddy_roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What do you mean by stack a dew?
     
  5. daddy_roo

    daddy_roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    are the odds better than 50/50 one of my hens will set on them? or is it really impossible to tell?
     
  6. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    By putting them in your incubator on top of one another, I know some have done this on here, I haven't, mainly because I use a turner and second because anything over 12 is more then I can handle.
     
  7. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
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    What is the temperature where you live, right now? My silkies just hatched a few... The temps are high 70s...
     
  8. daddy_roo

    daddy_roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have an automatic turner. so is that still an option? i dont think it is.
     
  9. daddy_roo

    daddy_roo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is currently 74 deg outside under partly cloudy skys. Highs have been reaching 75-80 of a day and dipping to maybe mid 50's at night.
     
  10. CCourson05

    CCourson05 Popping like kettle corn...

    Jan 5, 2011
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    That night temperature is pushing it for too cold for a hen to go broody... Some will though, but it is far less likely...

    ETA: You could still stack, but you would have to turn the eggs 2-3 times daily that are on top...
     
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2011

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